- Zoom has introduced the Hardware as a Service programme in the US.
- Under the programme, Zoom will provide hardware to organisations on monthly subscriptions.
- The programme has partner vendors including Yeelink, DTEN.
With the ever-growing usage of video meetings, people are investing in hardware to meet the demands of the video conferencing apps. The video conferencing app Zoom is now sensing the need for the top-tier hardware that is required by companies to enable effective video meetings. The US-based company has now introduced the Hardware as a Service (HaaS) programme that will allow organisations to buy hardware solutions for carrying out video conferences for a monthly subscription. This hardware is meant for video conference functionalities on Zoom Phone and Zoom Rooms.
Available in the US initially, the Zoom HaaS will offer organisations to go for "effective hardware" from companies such as DTEN, Neat, Poly, and Yealink without having to make large investments in them. The organisations will, instead, have to pay a monthly fee to Zoom for the hardware, which will turn out budget-friendly for them. Since the upfront costs will be reduced, the organisations will be able to invest in other areas. Zoom's HaaS programme is meant for all types of businesses, which employ the infrastructure for video meetings through various devices.
Since the hardware partners are on board with Zoom's HaaS programme, their products are fully supported for all functionalities. The video conferencing app company is also providing organisations with installation services and "enhanced end-to-end management" from the services team of Zoom. "Zoom HaaS allows businesses to more easily scale up or down with high-quality devices designed for Zoom Phone and Zoom Rooms, allowing them to maximise cost efficiency and manage their hardware solutions to fit their needs and budget," said Zoom in a blog post.
Zoom Phone as HaaS includes products from the partner vendors that start at $5.99 (roughly Rs 450) per month and go up till $60 (roughly Rs 4500) per month. On the other hand, Zoom Rooms as HaaS has hardware solutions that start at $75 (roughly Rs 5,625) per month and go all the way up to $200 (roughly Rs 15,000) per month. Zoom will bundle the software subscription and the hardware tiers into one bill for "simple end-to-end procurement." The company will also let organisations refresh the hardware provided under the subscription every three years.